The Arizona roster was packed with non-household names, such as Michael Carcone, Cam Dineen, Matias Maccelli, Jan Jenik, Kyle Capobianco, Josef Korenar and Vladislav Kolyachonok.
Edmonton beat up on them, getting 17 Grade A shots to five for Arizona, seven 5-alarm shots to three for the Coyotes.
Connor McDavid, 7. He looked exceptionally sharp, making eight major contributions to Grade A shots. Beautiful move to start the game, taking it on the bounce from Puljujariv, then beating Arizona’s goalie Vejmelka backhand, putting it top shelf, where gramma keeps the cookies. Returned the favour with a deft vertical stretch to send JP in on partial break. He set up Drai for a 5-alarmer on the PP early in the second. He was seen smiling on the bench, an exceedingly rare sight, in the third period of this laughter of a game. A moment later, he popped a puck on the forecheck, leading to Edmonton’s sixth goal.
Jesse Puljujarvi, 8. Two excellent assists. He came out all smokestack lightning, forechecking hard, dumping Stralman with a reverse hit, popping pucks, including a battle won at the blueline and a quick lob pass to McD for the goal. He got a partial breakaway later in the first, drove a hard slapper on net. He was lost in the Red Light Zone (not covering anyone and not covering off a passing lane) on a wicked Arizona chance early in the second. Beauty diagonal dart through the slot to set up Draisaitl’s goal.
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